|Something Old.... Something New|
I was asked to make something for a Design Team challenge with the theme of weddings. So, I'd decided to make a wedding heart using the traditional wedding rhyme as my theme.
"Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in your shoe."
Something old was easy - I used left over fabric offcuts from my own wedding - many years ago. The floral lace was from my dress - I used this gorgeous guipure lace as an overlay to my bodice - and as it is slightly stretchy, it worked really well when I over-stuffed the heart to give it a really plump look. Around the outside of the heart, I hand sewed a remnant of the simple cotton lace trim I'd used to hide the machined hem of my dress - (I didn't feel I could cope with a blind hem as it had a huge train!)
I managed something new by using new stuffing, and something blue was simple too. I made the heart out of the lovely bluebell Indian silk I used for the bridesmades dresses - it is a really unusual shade - it was a perfect match for the blue dress worn by my mum but came out rather more lilac in the photo album we had printed! I nagged the photographer to double check her originals but had to admit defeat when all my friends' photos had the same colour.
But I really struggled with the other parts of the rhyme - something borrowed and the silver sixpence.
I had worn a silver sixpence in my shoe - it was special - a coin dated with my own birth year that I'd borrowed from a friend. But I'd given it back and although my son had a sixpence in his coin collection, he point blank refused to let me have it for this project. Scuppered.
So thinking laterally, I used one of the silver buttons from the waistcoat I'd made for my soon-to-be husband. It looks a little like a silver sixpence, and you could say I "borrowed it" as I doubt I'll be sewing it back on!